Our group of Bay Area dance instructors includes some of the finest that the Northern California dance community has to offer. Dancers learn on indoor hardwood dance floors among the Santa Cruz Mountains Redwoods. There are 4 hours of classes on Wednesday afternoon and 7 hours of classes from Thursday-Saturday for a total of 25 hours! Once you’ve registered you can take any dance or percussion class offered by our instructors during the period you have registered for.
Javier is a highly skilled and dynamic performer and dance instructor, specializing in folkloric cultural traditions from the Coastal region of Peru, including contemporary and popular genres. He has performed in solo performances at La Pena Cultural Center, the Ethnic Dance Festival, and the musical theater epic “Cristo Moreno”. This class will introduce basic movement techniques while exposing students to the rhythmic style and nuances of Afro Peruvian dance traditions.
Naby Bangoura—West African Dance
A native of Guinea, West Africa, Naby grew up dancing. He traveled and performed with Les Ballets Merveilles for many years before coming to America. In New York, he taught at the Djoniba School, as well as at the Abized School. He has also taught at the Jewish Community Center of Houston, Texas and the Dance Gallery in Santa Cruz, California. Currently he teaches West African Guinean dance at San Francisco’s prestigious ODC dance studio as well as other reputable Bay Area dance studios. Naby’s dynamic skills and soaring spirit have established his dance class as a high energy experience that has long been a tradition at Kosmos Camp. There is live West African drumming that accompanies Naby’s dance class. Watch Naby’s West African Dance Class at Kosmos Camp here. If you want to learn more about West African Dance click here.
Eyla Moore—Dunham Technique & Rhythm & Motion Workout
Eyla Josie Moore is a San Francisco native who grew up playing music and dancing. The daughter of a Jazz drummer, Eyla is so honored to follow in her father’s footsteps. Eyla holds a B.A. in Dance from SFSU ’08 and currently performs with Oakland based Deep Waters Dance Theatre under the artistic direction of Amara Tabor-Smith. Eyla also dances with Cunamacue Afro-Peruvian Ensemble and will travel with this group to perform in Peru this August 2012! Eyla won the title of Queen of SF Carnaval 2011 and was the recipient of an Isadora Duncan Dance Award that same year. Eyla teaches Katherine Dunham Technique at ODC Dance Commons in SF and is currently finishing the last phase of her Dunham Certification. Eyla is also currently pursuing a pilates certification and works as an Apprentice Trainer at Precision Point Pilates in Oakland. Eyla has been teaching Fusion Rhythms (Rhythm & Motion) since 2005 and is proud to help lead the Latin Dance Grooves/ODC/Rhythm & Motion Carnaval contingent who is the current Grand Winner in the Contemporary/Fusion Category for SF Carnaval 2012!! Photo by David Martinez.
Joti Singh—Bhangra & Bollywood Style Indian Dance
As Artistic Director and founder of Duniya Dance and Drum Company in San Francisco, Joti teaches, choreographs and performs Bhangra, Bollywood (Indian dance), and West African dance styles both nationally and internationally. Bollywood dance, as seen in the popular musical films from India, integrates various dance forms, including Indian folk dance, kathak, hip hop, and jazz. Joti’s fun, high-energy choreography and clear teaching style have led to her popularity as a performer and instructor. She recently received the Creative Work Fund grant to do a project on the Punjabi-Mexican communities of California. She teaches in San Francisco dance studios and is a well known figure in the Bay Area dance community. Joti is very excited to join the Kosmos staff as a dance instructor! Watch Joti’s Bollywood class at Kosmos Camp. Watch Joti’s Bollywood Performance at Kosmos Camp.
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Dudley Flores — Contemporary
Dudley Flores is a native of San Francisco has been active in the Bay Area dance community for over a decade. He has worked with Paco Gomes (Afro-Brazilian), Micaya (Hip Hop) and Ann Barrett (Jazz) and is currently a dancer with Robert Moses’ KIN, Printz Dance Project, RAWdance and is an Isadora Duncan Award winning company member with Garrett + Moulton Productions. Offstage, he is an active committee member for Bay Area Dance Week, and is the Artistic Director and Master Trainer for the Rhythm & Motion Program at ODC Dance Commons. Dudley has been a dance educator since 2000 and pulls knowledge from his training and performance in contemporary dance, jazz, hip hop, ballet and musical theater. He believes in creating an environment where dance is a therapeutic release from the day to day. His classes are high energy, and are a place to work deeply, make mistakes – fearlessly, have fun, let go and enjoy the process. This will be his third year teaching at Kosmos Camp – and he’s really excited. Watch Dudley’s Kosmos Camp class here. Dudley Flores’ Kosmos Camp Class.
Nancy Rubin — Yoga Rhythms & Rhythm & Motion Workout
Nancy Rubin has been a member of the R&M family for over 25 years. She was originally trained in Jazz dance and taught and performed in Los Angeles, Marin and San Francisco. Nancy is highly regarded for her ability to translate dance movements to all levels of students-be it beginners or seasoned dancers. She is a firm believer that dance enriches and enhances life, and works to make it available to all. Nancy has studied Iyengar yoga for over 20 years, recognizing early on that it is a key complement to dance and achieving longevity in a dance career. She currently teaches yoga classes to all levels of students with a specific focus on the dancer’s body and needs. Her focus is alignment and injury recovery while feeling the undercurrent of music and rhythms in the yoga practice. In addition to teaching, she is the Managing Director of Rhythm and Motion.
Elizabeth Soberanes— Latin Dance Grooves
Elizabeth Soberanes holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dance Ethnology from San Francisco State and has been teaching Rhythm and Motion’s Fusion Rhythms dance classes since 2001. She is a graduate of the Performing Arts Workshop Artist-in-Residence Program and a student of Dunham Technique, modern, Hip Hop, Jazz, Haitian, Brazilian and Cuban dance forms. She has worked with several local dance companies, performed on stage in Carnaval San Francisco and in 2001 was crowned Queen of SF Carnaval. She traveled to Brazil in 2000 and to Cuba in 2001 & 2008 to study dance and participate in their Carnaval celebrations. Elizabeth regularly travels to New York and Miami to study dance, and most recently, began studying Patricia Moreno’s IntenSati Mind/Body Workout. She teaches regularly at ODC Commons and Mission Culture Center in the Mission District of San Francisco. Click here for her website for Latin Dance Grooves. Click here to watch Elizabeth’s SF 2010 Carnaval Choreography!
Tika is a full time instructor of Brazilian Modern and Latin Dance with 15 years in the field. She trains annually in the acclaimed Silvestre Dance Technique in Bahia, Brazil and works to promote the Technique throughout Northern CA. She performs and teaches both internationally and regionally and has choreographed for carnival parades, music reviews, musical theater as well as performing in several Brazilian dance companies. Tika will be offering The Silvestre Technique to develop and prepare the body/mind for dance as well as her popular Reggaetón Fusion, which will make you smile all over! Watch Tika performing at Kosmos Camp here!
Visit: tikamorgan.com to read class descriptions and more ~
Ryan Meade & Sidney Weaverling
Ryan Mead Ryan Mead is a co-director and co-founder of Rueda Con Ritmo, a Cuban-style dance school and performing group based in the San Francisco Bay Area. With more than seven years’ experience teaching Cuban and Miami-style salsa, Ryan has given workshops across the country, from Atlanta to Alaska, and internationally in Mexico, Canada, and New Zealand. Aside from his creativity as a choreographer, he is perhaps best known by lovers of Cuban dance and music for innovating a vocabulary of rhythmic calls and steps to aid dancers in the understanding and interpretation of Cuban music. Sidney Weaverling is a co-director and co-founder of Rueda Con Ritmo, a Cuban-style dance school and performing group based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a longtime contributer to the currently thriving Cuban-style salsa scene in the SF Bay Area, with more than 10 years of experience as a teacher, performer, and choreographer. She has studied at the Escuela Nacional de Arte (ENA) in Cuba with the Caribbean Music and Dance program, and hosted study trips for her students at myriad schools in Miami, notably SalsaLovers and Salsa Racing. A natural dancer and a thorough teacher, Sidney not only has a beautiful and fluid style of movement – she has the teaching experience and attention to detail that enable her to effectively and efficiently transform and inspire dancers at any level.